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Henry Geigle
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Birth: Jan. 4, 1903
Campbell County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Mar. 20, 1987
Bismarck
Burleigh County
North Dakota, USA

Only child of Adam Geigle and Elizabeth Frey, married February 04, 1926, to Lydia Kunz.

Henry Geigle Obituary

McLaughlin-Henry Geigle, 84, McLaughlin, SD, died Friday, March 20, 1987, at Med Center One, Bismarck, ND.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. (MST) today in United Church of McLaughlin. The Rev. Steven L. Olson will officiate. Burial will be in the McLaughlin Baptist Cemetery. Larson's Funeral Home, Mobridge, SD is in charge of arrangements.

Henry Geigle was born January 4, 1903, to Adam and Elizabeth ( Frey ) Geigle at Campbell County, SD. He grew up in the Java area. On February 4, 1926, he married Lydia Kunz. They lived on a farm southwest of Selfridge, ND in Sioux County. In 1968 they retired and moved into McLaughlin.

He was a member of Selfridge Baptist Church and the McLaughlin Baptist Church. He served as Sunday School Superintendent, church deacon and was a trustee of the Selfridge Baptist Church. He taught Sunday school in the German language for many years. He served on the elevator board and school board of the Walker School District and was a Sioux County assessor for eight years. He was vice president of the Senior Citizens of McLaughlin.

Survivors include his wife of McLaughlin; five sons, Iery, Osburn, ID; Gilbert, McLaughlin; Herbert, McIntosh; Richard, Selfridge: and Ervin ,
Mandan, ND; nine daughters, Mrs. Philip (Elizabeth) Huber, McIntosh; Mrs. Wilbur (Lorraine) Snyder, Mandan; Mrs. Wally ( Alvina ) Tscherney, Chicago, IL; Mrs. Alvin ( Violet ) Aman, Aberdeen, SD; Mrs. Irene Hach, Minneapolis, MN; Delores Pleinis, Mobridge, SD; Mrs. Ray ( Elsie ) Huber, McLaughlin; Mrs. Orville ( Mae ) Harris and Darlene Brink , both of Rapid City, SD; three brothers, Emmanuel, Glenham, SD; Oscar, Herreid, SD; and Albert, Strasburg, ND; three sisters, Mrs. Alvina Schaffer, Mobridge; Mrs. Emma Gunderson, Belmont, WI; and Mrs. Ernest (Freida ) Wohl, Lander, Wyo.; 61 grandchildren; and 57 great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two granddaughters.

Casket bearers will be Wade and Raynell Huber, Earl Snyder, Patrick Aman, Eugene Geigle, and Dean Howe.

Jayne Huber will be the organist. Special music will be provided by the Walker Quartet of McLaughlin.
Aberdeen American News
Aberdeen, South Dakota
March 24, 1987


Geigles look back at 60 years

Henry and Lydia Geigle were honored on their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, June 29, 1986, at the City Auditorium in McLaughlin, SD. Their son, Herb Geigle of McIntosh, SD, was the Master of Ceremonies, and their eldest son, Iery of Osburn, ID, read the family history. Rev. Steve Olson of the Congregational Church gave a message of congratulations and the prayers. The congregation sang the opening hymn and Kim and Destry Pleinis, accompanied by Jayne Huber sang " Through The Years" and You Light Up My Life". Sheryl Huber gave a reading entitled " By Faith Alone". The daughters-in-law of the honored couple attended the silver service and cut the 3-tiered cake which was baked by Leola Dockter of McLaughlin. It was decorated in dusty pink, light blue and silver which was also carried out in the decorations on the tables and throughout the hall. Granddaughters were coffee and punch servers.

Henry and Lydia were the children of Adam and Elizabeth ( Frey ) Geigle and Andreas A. and Elizabeth ( (Christmann) Kunz. Early in their marriage they settled in the Maple Leaf area. Henry, along with his brother-in-law, George Quenzer, formed a partnership with Tex Thompson and leased a section of land which they seeded to flax. Crops failed due to Mother Nature's uncooperative ways. In the fall of 1927 the family moved to a farm in Sioux County, southwest of Selfridge, ND. The following year they had the misfortune of losing their home and belongings by fire, except a feather tick and a new cream separator. With their 4 children, they moved westward and settled on another farm. Due to the lack of motorized transportation and vast open spaces of unbroken sod, many Sunday afternoons were spent hitching a team of horses to a bobsled or wagon, depending on the season, and heading for the nearest neighbors where a fried chicken dinner and lots of conversation would be shared. On one occasion, the chicken turned out to be fried rabbit due to the lack of chickens and the abundance of Wild Country Jack Rabbit. During the depression years the Geigles moved to a farm 7 miles north of Walker, but still in North Dakota where they lived in a 2 bedroom house for many years. The rooms were large enough to accommodate three beds in each and the children can vividly recall sleeping three or more in one bed depending on the size of the child.

With so many children it seemed natural to have lots of cows for them to milk. There were usually up to 23 of them to milk in the summer. The cream was hauled once or twice a week to the Selfridge depot where it was sold and shipped by to the creamery. A former Mobridge resident, John Reardon, was the depot agent for many years and got to know each child by name as soon as they learned how to drive and were allowed to make the cream run.

In 1968 they returned from the farm ( where Richard and his family now live ) to McLaughlin where they were kept busy keeping up their beautiful yard and garden.

All 14 children present were: Mrs. Phillip ( Elizabeth ) Huber, McIntosh, SD; Iery of Osburn, ID: Gilbert of McLaughlin, SD; Mrs. Wilbur ( Lorraine) Snyder, Mandan, ND; Herbert of McIntosh; Mrs. Wally ( Alvina ) Tscherney of Chicago, IL; Mrs. Alvin ( Violet ) Aman, Aberdeen, SD; Richard of Selfridge, ND; Mrs. Irene Hach of Minneapolis, MN; Mrs. Myren ( Delores) Pleinis, Mobridge, SD; Mrs. Ray ( Elsie ) Huber, McLaughlin, SD; Mrs. Orville ( Mae ) Harris of Rapid City, SD; Ervin of Mandan, ND; and Dollie Brink of Rapid City, SD. Grandchildren and relatives came from Idaho, Minnesota, Colorado, and Florida.
Aberdeen American News
Aberdeen, South Dakota
June 1986

Geigles pack plenty into marriage
Henry and Lydia Geigle

Henry and Lydia Geigle's 60-year-marriage has survived crop failures, a fire that took their home and belongings, and the rough life of pioneers. Sunday they celebrated those 60 years with a gathering at the McLaughlin City Auditorium and it produced some reminiscing.

Parents of Henry and Lydia were Adam and Elizabeth ( Frey ) Geigle and Andreas A. and Elizabeth ( Christmann ) Kunz.

Early in their marriage they settled in the Maple Leaf, SD area. Henry and his brother-in-law, George Quenzer, formed a partnership with Tex Thompson and leased a half section of land. They seeded it to flax, but Mother Nature didn't cooperate and the crop failed.

In the fall of 1927 the family moved to a farm in Sioux County southwest of Selfridge, ND. The following year they lost their home and belongings to fire, saving only a feather tick and a new cream
separator. With their four children they moved into a shanty which consisted of a wooden floor, four walls and a roof.

On the move

In 1931 they moved westward and settled on another farm. Due to the lack of motorized transportation and vast open spaces of unbroken sod, many Sunday afternoons were spent hitching a team of horses to a bobsled or wagon, depending on the season, and heading for the nearest neighbors. There they would share a fried chicken dinner and lots of conversation.

On one occasion the chicken turned out to be fried rabbit due to the lack of chickens and the abundance of " Wild Country Jack Rabbit," as they called it.
Close Quarters
During the Depression years the Geigles moved to a farm seven miles north of Walker, but still in North Dakota. There they lived in a two bedroom house for many years. The rooms were large enough to accommodate three beds in each and the children can vividly recall sleeping three or more to a bed, depending on the size of the child.

With so many children it seemed natural to have lots of cows for them to milk; there were usually up to 23 cows to milk in the summer.

The cream was hauled once or twice a week to the Selfridge depot where it was sold and shipped by train to the creamery. A former Mobridge resident, John Reardon, was the depot agent for many years. He came to know each child by name as soon as they learned how to drive and were allowed to make the "cream run."

As time went on, the Geigle family increased from 14 children to 61 grandchildren and then to 58 great grandchildren, living in cities across the nation from nearly coast to coast.

In 1968 Henry and Lydia retired from the farm, where their son, Richard and his family now live, to move into McLaughlin. Now they devote their time to caring for their attractive yard and garden.
All 14 home
All of the Geigles 14 children were home to honor their parents on Sunday. Their son Herb Geigle of McIntosh was master of ceremonies and their eldest son, Iery of Osburn, ID, read the family history.

The Rev. Steve Olson of the Congregational Church gave a message of congratulations and offered the prayers. The congregation sang the opening hymn and Kim and Destry Pleinis, accompanied by Jayne Huber, sang " Through the Years" and " You Light UP My Life." Sheryl Huber gave a reading, " By Faith Alone."

The daughter-in-law of the honored couple attended the silver service and cut the three-tiered cake made by Leola Dockter of McLaughlin. It was decorated in dusty pink, light blue and silver, a color scheme that was repeated in decorations on tables and in the hall. Granddaughters served coffee and punch.

Other of their children present for the anniversary party were Mrs. Phillip ( Elizabeth ) Huber of McIntosh, Gilbert of McLaughlin, Mrs. Wilbur (Lorraine ) Snyder of Mandan, ND; Mrs. Wally (Alvina ) Tscherney of Chicago, IL; Mrs. Alvin (Violet ) Aman of Aberdeen, SD; Richard of Selfridge, ND; Mrs. Irene Hach of Minneapolis, MN; Mrs. Myren (Delores ) Pleinis of Mobridge, Mrs. Ray ( Elsie ) Huber of McLaughlin, Mrs. Orville ( Mae ) Harris of Rapid City, Ervin of Mandan and Dollie Brink of Rapid City.

Grandchildren and relatives came from Idaho, Minnesota, Colorado and Florida.

The Mobridge Tribune
Mobridge, South Dakota
July 2, 1986


 
 
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 Parents:
  Adam Geigle (1878 - 1957)
  Elizabeth Frey Geigle (1883 - 1903)
 
 Spouse:
  Lydia Kunz Geigle (1908 - 1998)*
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Geigle Huber (1926 - 2012)*
  Gilbert Norman Geigle (1928 - 2001)*
  Violet E Geigel Aman (1934 - 2001)*
  Elsie Rose Geigle Huber (1940 - 1999)*
 
 Siblings:
  Henry Geigle (1903 - 1987)
  Theodore Geigle (1904 - 1985)**
  Alvina Geigle Schaeffer (1911 - 1987)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
McLaughlin City Cemetery
McLaughlin
Corson County
South Dakota, USA
 
Maintained by: Dorothy Peterson Kunz
Originally Created by: Donald Schmidt
Record added: Aug 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95104053
Henry Geigle
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 Added: Jul. 5, 2013
 
 
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